Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When should someone seek therapy?
  2. When should I come in with my spouse or partner?
  3. How do I choose the right therapist?
  4. How long does therapy take?
  5. When should I consider medication?

Answers

  1. When should someone seek therapy?

    We usually overcome life's challenges as we mature, gain experience, and through receiving support and guidance from friends, relatives and teachers.

    If these are insufficient to help you, it would be wise to consult a professional.

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  2. When should I come in with my spouse or partner?

    If you are finding that, despite all your best efforts, your relationship continues to grow distant, seek professional help. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    My response to married couples is usually - Don't wait! Research shows that by the time most married couples get help, the issues have been compounded, making their resolution that much more difficult.

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  3. How do I choose the right therapist?

    I think it is important to feel comfortable with your therapist. You should be able to ask questions freely, especially about their background and experience. Caution is advised if you are greeted with any form of defensiveness about this. Of course, some experience with your kind of difficulty is a further benefit.

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  4. How long does therapy take?

    The length of treatment for clients varies. Client needs dictate length of treatment. Some only need intermittent or brief therapy, in the order of weeks. Others may need longer periods, even years of therapy. Please see the section on therapeutic approach as to why someone's history would affect treatment length.

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  5. When should I consider medication?

    If you have been feeling depressed for several weeks and you do not respond to activities that you normally find stimulating, or find it too difficult to maintain normal relationships, consider consulting a medical professional.

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Evan Hawkins

Evan Hawkins, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Manhattan Beach

(310) 906-0571


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